Things are beginning to pile up! Perhaps this was one of the reasons I decided to take a break from Origami for a while.
I somehow managed to unload most of the old stuff before Christmas and, for a while at least, we had a clutter-free work shop. Well, Clutter-free from paper and various animals and sculptures at least. Cheryl still has the Felt crammed in the closets.
The bad thing about all of this is that I threw out a bunch of paper that was simply getting in the way of things. And now, Several months later, I purchased a bunch of colors yet again. I feel like an alcoholic that emptied all of this stashes only to travel back to the liquor store to buy more! Cheryl knows how I hate to waste things, but she hates clutter more and she usually wins.
Maybe I should start folding something other than fish for my next round. Complex animals require better paper and more time. The koi are nice because the paper is cheap! ( Micheals has a spring sale with packets of 50 for $2! How can I resist?!?!)
So this post is simply a reminder for myself why I try not to fold as much as I once did. Either that or I have to find another way to unload them to the public. We shall see.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
|Only if you have the CASH$$$|
|He doesn't know how to do that?|
|That is exactly what Cheryl is afraid of.|
|Cheryl the Hulk broke the handle.|
It started with the handle finally falling off the bathroom shower. Goodness knows how old these fixtures are, but the handle had stripped out and needed replacing. I was impressed that the hardware was able to be removed so easily...and this got the ball rolling.
|I like keeping tools simple.|
|Cold Water side.|
|Hot water side.|
|Cold water seat|
|Hot water seat|
Looking at the Seat. ( the small part in the back behind the stem) I could see that it appears corrosion is interfering with the O Ring Seal. Comparing it to the Hot water side, They do not appear exactly the same.
I'm mostly impressed that I had only spent 85 cents on a new O ring ( that was not quite right) and did not flood the bathroom or break anything. So I consider this a "WIN" for The Great Ethan Allen. Who needs a medal? I have the knowledge and self satisfaction that I'm a Winner! In the foreign field of plumbing...while having no formal training or instruction. Hurray for ME!
And that is why I'm a DIY-er. Solving problems without making them worse brings its own reward that no one else could possibly understand. If you have read this far and are asking, "What's the big deal?" then I doubt I could explain it any better. And you probably have never DIY-ed.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
|Sexy summer-like weather.|
|Cheryl's version of panting.|
|Faster than an anchored barge!|
|Slower than a speeding Diesel Freight Train?|
Not to say that Cheryl is slow...but she did just run a 10 miler in Minnesota and she had already ran 10 miles in this training run. Not to mention Trains are made of metal. And trains are strong! They burn diesel fuel....which is kind of a cheat if you think about it. Ah well.... Good things trains do not show up at races....very often.
|Colder weather, warmer dress.|
The weather dipped down about 10 degrees the following day and it has been fairly cold ever since. Today was nice because of the sun, but it was still chilly in the morning.
|Chasing the deer.|
|Object in camera are closer than they appear!|
I'm liking this smart phone for everything but the phone. I can play music on long runs AND I have a built in camera that is handy for moments like this. I'm impressed that it did not come out blury or out of frame. Sometimes I get lucky...hopefully I will be able to tap into that when we go to Boston.
Other than that...I have been working. Two days in a row! We both have more hours coming up next month so that will mean less SubNautica time and more time spent earning money.... which is not as much fun. I have been donating a few hours each day for some Origami, so perhaps I will post some of those pics in the future. We shall see
|Clocking the time.|
Saturday, March 18, 2017
|Who runs a race like this?|
|Beards, Plaid, Floaties. Is this a race or a logging camp?|
|Oh ya! You Betcha!|
|Plaid Suit! Where is this fashionable?|
|Only in Minnesota! Yes! he actually ran in that outfit|
In addition to the strange accent and love of all things cold, they also wear strange outfits. And I'm not simply talking about plaid. They do wear that often enough. But how often do you see someone wearing a plaid suit? Need I say more?
|Cheryl Shows off the Jacket|
|Trees are warm....right?|
But let me get to the race. Cheryl ran well today, placing in the top 10 for her age group and averaging a 7:44 minute mile average pace. Not to shabby!
|Cheryl removes her fleece to start the race|
The weather was cold. And not simply cold like you people in other parts of the U.S. might think. Minnesota has a lovely thing called a "Wind Chill". Where the temp says 30 degrees. (plenty cold enough) but then the wind drops that to 20 degrees! And that 20 degrees seems like -20 degrees in Fairbanks Alaska! ( which actually was not that bad, since there was NO wind in that city..and the air was very dry) But trying to explain the perception of cold vs the actual measurable number is a difficult thing to tackle. So let me just say that 10 minutes after leaving a warm car, you begin to lose feeling in your fingers! Even with gloves on! THAT kind of cold.
|Cheryl only cares how her Body looks.|
So Cheryl knew she was going to be battling the cold and the overheating issue that comes with running in the cold. With a 7:44 average, I think she did pretty well, considering the conditions.
|A new 10 Mile PR!|
|Running towards the finish|
|Have they forgotten its winter?|
|This "helps" on cold days.|
|Time for Treats!|
|And More Treats!|
|Hot Dish from the Hot Dash!|
|Missing: The Tater tots. I ate those first.|
I'm not sure how comfortable it was, because Cheryl did not want to stick around very long afterwards. She lost the feeling in both hands and the tips of her toes...so it was back to the warmth of the Subaru. We even skipped the free beer that was offered due to the cold. And that is really saying something!
So now we are back home. Safe and sound with a grumpy cat who thought we had abandoned him. He's fine now, but when we first opened the door he gave us a "what for..." Cheryl has another trophy to add to her growing 2017 collection, and has gained some much needed confidence after the wishy-washy 2016 season. Let's hope that 2017 continues to offer more awesome runs as we progress. We shall keep you posted!